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Chesterfield County (VA) Volunteers At Live Burn

Story and photos by Becky Robinette WrightIn August 2006, Chesterfield County (VA) Fire and EMS volunteers participated in a live burn at an acquired residential structure at 6900 Belmont Road in the county. Although Chesterfield is a combination department, only volunteers participated at this exercise, which was specifically intended for certified firefighters seeking to sharpen their skills. "A live burn, especially in an acquired structure, is essential for the student to learn by experience the struggle of fighting a structure fire," explained Bon Air District Chief Ed Myers. "A burn building can simulate a real fire, but using an actual hose to navigate the narrow stairs, maneuver i...

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